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Public Administration

Overview 

The Public Administration program is designed for local government professionals in Northwest BC to help achieve their career goals, as well as to assist local government employers meet their succession, retention and recruitment needs. Participants will gain a broader understanding of local government functions in British Columbia, and will have opportunities to network with local government colleagues and to meet leaders in their field of local government.

This program has been developed in cooperation with the Local Government Management Association of BC, the Provincial Board of Examiners, and members of the local government communities in northwest BC and throughout the province.

Completion of this program at NWCC will earn participants a Certificate in Local Government Administration.

Program Outline 

This is a part-time program, specifically designed for people working full-time in the field of local government.  The program offers one course per semester (Fall and Winter semesters only). Courses are scheduled in two 3-day sessions (Thu, Fri, & Sat) per course, generally centrally located at NWCC’s Terrace campus. Classes are organized as interactive seminars, with guest faculty and highly regarded local government professionals leading most of the sessions.

Experience with this program has shown that most participants complete the program in two years, and graduate with a NWCC Certificate in Local Government Administration. 

Required Courses

 

Course Credits

PADM 200

Local Government Administration in BC

3.00

PADM 201

Municipal Finance in BC 

3.00

PADM 202

Local Government Services in BC 

3.00

PADM 203

Municipal Law in BC 

3.00

Total Program Credits                                                                                               

12 credits

Career Opportunities 

Further Certification Opportunities

Northwest Community College’s Local Government Certificate is widely recognized and can help local government professionals achieve further qualifications in their field. The following opportunities may be available to graduates of this program:

Board of Examiners (BOE) - Provincial Certification Program

In British Columbia, local government officials may receive certification from the Board of Examiners. Although certification is often used by councils or regional boards in the recruitment or advancement of their staff, it is not mandatory for a local government corporation to employ only persons who hold certification. Visit the Board of Examiners website for further information about this certification process and requirements. 

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 or equivalent  
  • Experience/employment in a public sector environment (First Nations, Municipal, Regional, NGO) 
  • or approval from the course instructor
Dates and Locations 

PADM 201:  Municipal Finance in BC

Dates:  Sept 21 - Oct 3, 2017 & Oct 19 - 21, 2017

Time:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

Location:  Smithers Campus

Program Fees 
FEES Full-Time Domestic (12 Weeks) Full-Time International (12 Weeks)
Tuition $3,612.36 $15,352.53
Student Union Fees:  $163.44 $163.44
Mandatory Fees: $83.76 $133.76
Health Insurance:  N/A $230.00
Total Tuition:  $3,859.56 $15,879.73

Fees effective as of August 2, 2017

Please note this cost is for the full program (12 credits). Courses are not offered every year and are offered one at a time. 

Scholarship Porgrams for PADM Students

*The Board of Examiners administers two scholarship programs for which it accepts applications [PDF]. Both scholarship programs use the sample application form.  

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Commemorative Scholarship Program
This provincially funded scholarship program was established to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. This program provides financial assistance to persons working in local government in the province who:

  1. are taking courses leading to certification and/or
  2. wish to upgrade their professional skills through enrolment in post-secondary courses of study and/or attendance at other courses relating to local government administration.

The Jeff McKelvey Scholarship Program
In 1986, the UBCM established this program upon the retirement of the late Jeff McKelvey, who served as Executive Director of the UBCM for fourteen years.  Any local government employee is eligible to receive an award from this fund to assist in improving job skills.

*Please note: these scholarship opportunities are offered directly through the Board of Examiners, not through NWCC. Interested students are encouraged to download the application form and submit to the BOE.